The Mental Health Stigma Programme has announced the winners of the Northamptonshire Talk out Loud Mental Health Awareness Awards.
The awards, which are now in their second year, were launched to recognise the work undertaken by students, schools and colleges in categories such as increasing awareness of mental health needs, drawing attention to the stigma and discrimination experienced by young people with mental health needs and challenging the negative perceptions of mental health needs.
The awards form part of a 12-month programme by the Mental Health Stigma Programme, an initiative jointly funded by Northamptonshire County Council and the NHS.
The awards winners were:
· Nationwide Building Society Talk out Loud School of the Year – Southfield School, Kettering
· Talk out Loud Young Person of the Year – Olivia Powell, Sponne School
· Most Innovative Mental Health Awareness Day (secondary) - Isebrook SEN Cognition and Learning College
· Most Innovative Mental Health Awareness Day (primary school) - Park Junior school Wellingborough
· Best Mental Health Awareness Day Display (primary school) - Bracken Leas Primary School
One of the awards’ organisers, Emma Grinham, said: “The Talk out Loud Mental Health Awards recognise some really fantastic work that has been as a result of the introduction of the Mental Health Stigma Programme this year and we are so pleased to have been able to inspire schools and young people to do some truly amazing things.
“Through our judging we have seen lessons being delivered, some amazing art work created, lots of other great activities and heard about some really inspiring young people.
“It makes me really proud to be a young person from Northamptonshire.”
David Loyd-Hearn, NHS commissioner, said: “We have been humbled by the responsibility that young people have taken in tackling the inequalities and stigma that people with mental health needs experience.
“These awards will give us the opportunity to thank all of the schools who have taken part in the Mental Health Stigma Programme this year and celebrate some of the fantastic work undertaken by students here in Northamptonshire.”
Paul Seddon, from the Nationwide Building Society, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the Talk out Loud School of the Year and I would like to extend my congratulations to Southfield School and indeed all of the award winners.
“The work that is being championed by young people across the county is making a real difference and will inspire a whole new generation.”